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Published: 10 July 2008

352 Pages | one map


ISBN: 9780199549757

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Jonathan Wild

Henry Fielding
Claude Rawson, Linda Bree, and Hugh Amory

Oxford World's Classics

  • This is the only edition of Jonathan Wild, Fielding's incisive political satire about a gangland thief and corruption in high places with plenty of parallels with today's political scene.
  • The text is that of the first (1743) edition, unlike most editions since Fielding's lifetime, restoring the narrative's freshness and direct criticisms of the Prime Minister, Robert Walpole. It comes from the Wesleyan edition of Fielding's works, published by OUP, and regarded as the definitive edition.
  • Claude Rawson, the introducer, is recognized as a leading expert on satire in general, and Fielding in particular. His introduction places the novel in historical and biographical context, and explores the book's contemporary allusions and ambivalent attitude to its villainous hero.
  • The annotation explains the many references to classical, literary, and contemporary people and events, and provides information on social and cultural aspects of the novel.
  • Additional features include: a map of Jonathan Wild's London; glossary of eighteenth-century language (including thieves' cant); a contemporary account of the life of the real Jonathan Wild; a list of textual variants between first and second editions; a note on eighteenth-century money.

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